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A 60 Minutes story about gender equality accidentally proved the persistence of patriarchy
Ultimately, 60 Minutes featured a man, CEO Hadi Partovi. His organization’s mission is to expand access to computer science education in schools. Women technologists like Saujani who were tapped to appear on the show about a year ago and worked with producers to provide research and interviews, ended up on the cutting room floor while Partovi spoke on their behalf.

Ayah Bdeir, the founder of STEM learning toy company littleBits, also responded to the episode in a Medium post. She noted that she worked with 60 Minutes for a year, planning interviews, providing research, talking to the producers and reporters, telling her story and that of her organization, which is focused on closing the gender gap in technology. Yet producers wrote to her last August to say that the focus of the segment had shifted and that littleBits would no longer be central in the story.

In an email, a producer explained to her, “It’s not that the important points you made in your interview are ignored in the story, or that you didn’t make them very effectively, they’re just made by others.”
sexism  journalism  maleprivilege  STEM  mansplaining 
12 days ago by campylobacter
The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes
by Caroline Criado-Perez

In the tech world, the implicit assumption that men are the default human remains king. When Apple launched its health-monitoring system with much fanfare in 2014, it boasted a “comprehensive” health tracker. It could track blood pressure; steps taken; blood alcohol level; even molybdenum and copper intake. But as many women pointed out at the time, they forgot one crucial detail: a period tracker.

When Apple launched their AI, Siri, users in the US found that she (ironically) could find prostitutes and Viagra suppliers, but not abortion providers. Siri could help you if you’d had a heart attack, but if you told her you’d been raped, she replied “I don’t know what you mean by ‘I was raped.’”

From smartwatches that are too big for women’s wrists, to map apps that fail to account for women who may want to know the “safest” in addition to “fastest” routes; to “measure how good you are at sex” apps called “iThrust” and “iBang” the tech industry is rife with other examples. While there are an increasing number of female-led tech firms that do cater to women’s needs, they are seen as a “niche” concern and often struggle to get funding.
women  sexism  architecture  workersrights  safety  healthcare 
21 days ago by campylobacter
Women were written out of science history – it’s time we put them back in
One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record.

[....]For a start, the traditional view of science as a body of knowledge rather than an activity ignores women’s contributions as collaborators, focusing instead on the facts produced by big discoveries (and the men who made them famous).

[....]The historian Margaret Rossiter has dubbed this systematic bias against women the “Matthew Matilda Effect”. Before the 20th century, women’s social position meant the only way they could typically negotiate access to science was to collaborate with male family members or friends and then mostly only if they were rich.

[....]Women’s exclusion from professional spaces at this time is one reason why women became more active in scientific disciplines that still relied heavily on fieldwork, such as astronomy and botany.

This is where science began splitting into a hierarchy of male-dominated “hard” sciences, such as physics, and “soft” sciences, such as botany and biological science, that were seen as more acceptable for women.

Women were typically refused admission to elite scientific institutions, so we do not find their names on fellowship lists. The first women were elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 1945, and the French Academy of Science didn’t admit its first female fellow until 1979.

[....]In the late 19th century, science taught that there were innate intellectual differences between the sexes which limited women’s suitability for science. (Another reason why scientific societies did not want their prestige tarnished by female fellows.) Charles Darwin argued that evolutionary competition led to the higher development of male brains.
science  women  history  sexism  misogyny  maleprivilege 
december 2018 by campylobacter
This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app
A quick reminder for men: Common events for you can turn into really scary situations for women in a snap.

Case in point: This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app. Because it was a dryer, a neutral meeting location was impractical. I needed it taken out of my house.

harassment  maleprivilege  sexism  abuse 
october 2018 by campylobacter
behavioral strategy employed by sexual offenders
This latest army of trolls/bots related to Kavanaugh is interesting because the accounts appear scripted/programmed to use a behavioral strategy employed by sexual offenders:

Victim and
psychology  sexism  abuse  violence 
october 2018 by campylobacter
stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me
After a day of Kill Bill 1&2 and other sundry films of women kicking ass, I remembered some stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me how all of my body's weaknesses were ACTUALLY STRENGTHS and how MEN'S STRENGTHS can be their BIGGEST WEAKNESSES. (THREAD)
maleprivilege  sexism  women 
october 2018 by campylobacter
Why 95.8% of Female Newscasters Have the Same Hair
But when she was out chasing stories in the college town, people kept mistaking her for a student. She went to her news director for advice, and his response had nothing to do with developing her fledgling reporting skills. “He was like, ‘You have to cut your hair to look older,’” she recalled.

Kamady Rudd, now an anchor at ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recalls being asked during multiple job interviews whether she’d cut her hair into something that more closely resembled an anchor bob (her current station didn’t make such a request). Consultants have told her to tease her roots to add body. “It’s one cut for everyone,” she says. “They want you to be trendy, but not too trendy. They want you to look nice, but not too nice. It has to be on this really fine line.”
sexism  journalism 
september 2018 by campylobacter
Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars
The astronomer was famously excluded from the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics

Bell Burnell received her PhD in 1969. Hewish won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974 for the discovery of the first pulsars, sharing the honor with fellow astronomer Martin Ryle. Noticeably absent from the citation: the woman who pored through all those records and made the actual discovery.

The omission infuriated many astronomers who felt Bell Burnell had been unfairly overlooked, but she herself is much more circumspect about that controversial decision, pointing out that she was still a graduate student at the time. "I believe it would demean Nobel Prizes if they were awarded to research students, except in very exceptional cases, and I do not believe this is one of them," she said during an after-dinner speech at the New York Academy of Sciences in 1977.

Shortly after the momentous discovery, she married Martin Burnell, a government officer whose job required them to move every few years or so in order for him to receive promotions. That itineracy severely curtailed Bell Burnell's professional options. Every time the family relocated, she would write "a begging letter" to the head of whatever astronomy institution was in that locale, asking if there might be a part-time position for her. Such positions rarely involved original research, which she conducted in her limited spare time.

"I got the kinds of jobs you get when you write begging letters," Bell Burnell says ruefully: public relations, or managing observatories, or coordinating research groups. While today she appreciates the wide range of experience she gained, "some of it was a bit hard to swallow." She compares this stage of her career to a game of Snakes and Ladders. She would work her way up to a position of greater prestige and responsibility, only to move again and have to start right back at the bottom. Had she been a Nobel Laureate, the begging most certainly would have come from the institutions, and the offers would have been for research positions.
astronomy  sexism 
september 2018 by campylobacter
ensure non-belongers have it worse
The data point on women doesn't surprise me at all. In any group where sexism is a norm, the women respond to their own oppression by trying to ensure non-belongers have it worse than they do.
sexism  racism  whiteprivilege 
august 2018 by campylobacter
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
People who read or listened to the DIY messages were more likely to believe women have the power to solve the problem. That, on its own, may very well be good news. However, they were also more likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem — both for causing it, and for fixing it.

What’s more, these effects were even associated with people’s policy preferences. For example, in one of our studies, we described a recent problem reported by Facebook, in which managers rejected code written by female engineers more often than they rejected code written by male engineers. This is an ambiguous workplace problem, with possible roots both in women’s own underperformance and in manager bias. After being exposed to the DIY messages, our study participants viewed the female engineers as more responsible for both causing and fixing this problem, and in turn, less likely to think that structural changes at Facebook — such as having managers review code without knowing who wrote it, or training managers on bias — would be worthwhile.
workersrights  sexism  victimBlaming 
august 2018 by campylobacter
This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female.
1. This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female. It comes with a trigger warning for misandry. Anyone who doesn't like misandry shouldn't read this. I'll be misandering up a storm in this thread.

2. So when I was in my twenties, I answered a job ad in a newspaper for a "Professional gambler's assistant." Remarkably, this turned out to have been placed by a real professional gambler who really wanted to train a team to play blackjack in casinos around the world.

6. So first, consider this: the boss, a sixty-something man, had hired a team of twenty-something women. He told us this was because he found women more "docile." Bad enough. But of course it was really because he wanted to try to fuck a lot of 20-something women.

11. Once they understood, they would try to explain to us how to win at cards. ALWAYS. They knew nothing, and they were preposterously wrong. It was like a four-year-old explaining to a pilot how an airplane works. It was also, after the first time, intensely boring.

12. It was impossible to stop them doing this. If we interrupted to explain how they were mistaken, it only made them pause with a pitying expression on their faces. If we got frustrated, they acted as if we were hysterical women who couldn't admit we were wrong.

13. But on some level they knew this had failed, because they then moved on to gambit #3—warning us that what we were doing was dangerous, and we were going to get hurt. This was delivered with a worldly-wise, "Let me tell you how the real world works, little lady" air.

14. As a result, none of us got laid the entire time we worked at this professional gambling job. All our interactions with men were fucked-up and acrimonious. Let me repeat: WE COULD NOT GET LAID BECAUSE WE WERE PROFESSIONAL GAMBLERS.

15. Any of these men could have slept with us, enticed us away from the boss, been taught how to be professional gamblers. Maybe we even would have been willing to steal our boss's $30,000 in cash. None of them saw this temptation. Not that they resisted it: THEY DID NOT SEE IT.

16. Anyway, in my opinion, this kind of bullshit is a major reason girls, especially straight girls, give up doing cool things. Instead of getting glory, you get relentlessly patronized & insulted by the very people who are supposed to find you sexy BECAUSE you do cool things.
mansplaining  sexism  misogyny  toxicMasculinity 
july 2018 by campylobacter
Mansplaining Chart
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart.
mansplaining  INFOGRAPHIC  sexism 
july 2018 by campylobacter
Shhh….I Make More than My Husband: Spouses Report Earnings Differently When Wives Earn More
When a wife earns more, both husbands and wives exaggerate the husband’s earnings and diminish the wife’s.
statistics  sexism 
july 2018 by campylobacter
ArenaNet firings cast a chilling shadow across the game industry
Female developers across the industry have also subsequently reported sometimes coordinated attempts to get them fired on the basis of their social media presence — attempts they believe were inspired by the ArenaNet firings. One developer, who asked to remain anonymous because of potential backlash from online mobs, learned that her employer received form letters touching on her social media presence. Rather than specifying her name, some of these letters had been botched and simply said “%FEMALENAME.” Speaking to The Verge, she says these messages began arriving on Sunday night after word of the ArenaNet firings had spread. “This is 100 percent a response to the ArenaNet thing,” she says. “There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind.”

She says the company’s public dismissal of two employees over a social media spat — framed by O’Brien as an attack on the company’s fans generally — has emboldened bad actors involved in movements like Gamergate, which target women and marginalized people in particular. “If you’re a woman, you’re just waiting for the wrong tweet to end your life now,” she says. “It sent a message to the harassment junkies that have infected our communities for the last four years: ‘Please come for our women.’ I don’t know what could undo this damage without further riling them up.”
workersrights  gamergate  gamingculture  gameDev  sexism  abuse  harassment 
july 2018 by campylobacter
Analysis suggests code from female Facebook engineers gets rejected more often than code from men.
Lower-ranked engineers get rejected more often, and they are disproportionately female. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has an “open repository of code-review data” that allowed the engineer to find each code-writer’s gender and the length of her tenure at the company, but not her rank. The analysis Facebook prepared in response included ranking data inaccessible to rank-and-file employees.

Of course, having the few female Facebook engineers (women make up just 17 percent of tech roles at the company) clumped in the lower ranks isn’t something to cheer about, either. Women believed their code wasn’t getting approved as often as the men on their teams, and they were right. They believed men at the company were getting promoted and hired into higher-up positions more often, too, and the employee’s analysis seemed to prove their point.

The Facebook hubbub recalls a 2016 study of GitHub, an online community of developers who share, add to, and improve one another’s open-source code. Researchers analyzed millions of pull requests—suggested changes to an author’s code—and found that code changes proposed by women were accepted more than those proposed by men, but only among women who had gender-neutral profiles with gender-neutral usernames and no photos of themselves. (The study was not peer-reviewed.) That bias against coders who were visibly women went away when researchers looked at women who contributed code to team members or people who knew them, indicating that familiarity with a specific woman may mitigate any unconscious bias against female coders.
facebook  sexism  workersrights  PROGRAMMING 
july 2018 by campylobacter
resume screener software
I went to our monthly talent acquisition meeting and learned a tiny bit about the resume screener software a lot of companies are using. The purpose was to close the gap on the disproportionate amount black and women “disqualified” applicants. Stay with me.

So turns out, those screeners are biased towards women. Yep. White or black, you will fall below what the system requires a “qualified” candidate to be based on certain words you put on your resume.

Here’s what I found:
Females are more likely to have the words “customer, expertise, responsibility marketing and involve” on their resume. Using all of them? Red flag.

Men tend to use words like “achievement, innovative, familiar/familiarize, idea and structure” on theirs. Additionally, words that don’t carry weight at all are: project, professional, provide and work.
sexism  PROGRAMMING  workersrights 
july 2018 by campylobacter
The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender
Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age
statistics  hollywood  screenplays  sexism  ageism 
march 2018 by campylobacter
Ursula K. Le Guin, Bryn Mawr Commencement Address, 1986
Thinking about what I should say to you made me think about what we learn in college; and what we unlearn in college; and then how we learn to unlearn what we learned in college and relearn what we unlearned in college, and so on. And I thought how I have learned, more or less well, three languages, all of them English; and how one of these languages is the one I went to college to learn. I thought I was going to study French and Italian, and I did, but what I learned was the language of power - of social power; I shall call it the father tongue.
patriarchy  maleprivilege  linguistics  sexism 
february 2018 by campylobacter
Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise
It’s time for Twitter to scrap one of its founding principles: the idea that it is an anything-goes paradise, where anyone who signs up for a voice on its platform is immediately and automatically given equal footing with everyone else, and where even the vilest, most hateful and antisocial behavior should be tolerated.

The company is currently remaking its unworkable verification system — the blue check mark it awards to some high-profile accounts, an icon whose precise meaning is unclear, but that confers many privileges. Last week, Twitter removed the icon from several accounts belonging to white supremacists. Now it says it is rethinking the whole system, and looking for ways to better police its network.
twitter  racism  sexism  whiteSupremacy 
january 2018 by campylobacter
An ER visit, a $12,000 bill — and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay
The doctors in the emergency room did multiple tests including a CT scan and ultrasound. They determined that Cloyd had ovarian cysts, not appendicitis. They gave her pain medications that helped her feel better, and an order to follow up with a gynecologist.

A few weeks later, Cloyd received something else: a $12,596 hospital bill her insurance denied — leaving her on the hook for all of it.
healthcare  capitalism  sexism 
january 2018 by campylobacter
Historically, men translated the Odyssey. Here’s what happened when a woman took the job.
Part of the way Wilson challenges previous readings of the Odyssey is with style. Her translation made a splash months before it was published, when an excerpt ran in the summer 2017 issue of the Paris Review. I and other Odyssey fans were excited by Wilson’s opening line: “Tell me about a complicated man.” In its matter-of-fact language, it’s worlds different from Fagles’s “Sing to me of the man, Muse,” or Robert Fitzgerald’s 1961 version, “Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story / of that man skilled in all ways of contending.” Wilson chose to use plain, relatively contemporary language in part to “invite readers to respond more actively with the text,” she writes in a translator’s note. “Impressive displays of rhetoric and linguistic force are a good way to seem important and invite a particular kind of admiration, but they tend to silence dissent and discourage deeper modes of engagement.”

“There’s an idea that Homer has to sound heroic and ancient,” Wilson told me, but that idea comes with a value system attached, one that includes “endorsing this very hierarchical kind of society as if that’s what heroism is.” Telling the story in plainer language allows readers to see Odysseus and his society in another light.

There are flashes of beauty in Wilson’s Odyssey. “The early Dawn was born,” she writes in Book 2; “her fingers bloomed.” Of the forest on Calypso’s island, where many birds nest, she writes, “It was full of wings.” But throughout the book, there’s a frankness to Wilson’s language around work and the people who do it. Of Eurymedusa, a slave in the house of princess Nausicaa, she writes, “She used to babysit young Nausicaa / and now she lit her fire and cooked her meal.”

The slaves in older translations of the Odyssey do not “babysit” — often, they’re not identified as slaves at all. Fagles, for instance, calls Eurymedusa a “chambermaid.” Fitzgerald calls her a “nurse.” “It sort of stuns me when I look at other translations,” Wilson said, “how much work seems to go into making slavery invisible.”
literature  patriarchy  sexism  slavery 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Do Women Talk Too Much? (Hint: Science says no)
You wanna talk proven facts? This shit’s been done, son: researcher Dale Spencer in Australia used audio and video tape to independently evaluate who talked the most in mixed-gender university classroom discussions. Regardless of the gender ratio of the students, whether the instructor was deliberately trying to encourage female participation or not, men always talked more—whether the metric was minutes of talking or number of words spoken.

Moreover, men literally have no clue how much they talk. When Spencer asked students to evaluate their perception of who talked more in a given discussion, women were pretty accurate; but men perceived the discussion as being “equal” when women talked only 15% of the time, and the discussion as being dominated by women if they talked only 30% of the time.
maleprivilege  sexism  sociology 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Guest Post: How Film Schools Lead to Pipelines Full of Weinsteins
Other gender discriminatory behaviors commonly mentioned by students in my study and on the Shit People Say to Women Directors (SPSWD) Tumblr include male peers not taking female classmates’ knowledge, skills, or ideas seriously; male students dominating technology, story ideas, and coveted production roles (especially director and cinematographer); and male students engaging in a type of male heterosexual camaraderie that excludes or sexually objectifies female students. For example, one SPSWD writer recalled that when she was directing a film, the male students assigned to work with her “were dismissive of my decisions. They would often go straight to the talent, to tell them what to do, and often referred to me as ‘Just the Fluffer.’”

Examples of sexism on the part of male instructors include not believing women are knowledgeable or strong enough to use filmmaking equipment; dismissing female-authored or female-centered stories; and engaging in harassing comments or behavior. For instance, a student in my study reported: “One friend told me she and her female partner had trouble convincing a professor to support the script they were writing. He kept telling them that he wasn’t interested in their story and didn’t think anyone else would want to see their film.”

An SPSWD writer shared that her instructor told his students to twist a tripod’s locks “like it was the nipple of a seven-year-old girl.” Female students have also commonly reported that male instructors rarely use women-made films as examples in their production classes and avoid conversations about gender and filmmaking.
workersrights  maleprivilege  hollywood  sexism  film  education  harassment 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Claudia Black: Mr C.K.
My mantra this year has been
Wake up
Clean up
Grow Up
Show up.
abuse  harassment  sexism  misogyny 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Ellen Page - “You should fuck her to make her realize... | Facebook
When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, “You have to make the move, I can’t.” I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically. I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.
lgbtqia  abuse  childmolestation  hollywood  harassment  workersrights  misogyny  sexism 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour
We hypothesised that female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status. To test this hypothesis, we used an online first-person shooter video game that removes signals of dominance but provides information on gender, individual performance, and skill. We show that lower-skilled players were more hostile towards a female-voiced teammate, especially when performing poorly. In contrast, lower-skilled players behaved submissively towards a male-voiced player in the identical scenario. This difference in gender-directed behaviour became more extreme with poorer focal-player performance. We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena. Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate. As higher-skilled players have less to fear from hierarchical reorganization, we argue that these males behave more positively in an attempt to support and garner a female player’s attention. Our results provide the clearest picture of inter-sexual competition to date, highlighting the importance of considering an evolutionary perspective when exploring the factors that affect male hostility towards women.
sexism  science  workersrights  videogames  toxicMasculinity 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Google’s Sentiment Analyzer Thinks Being Gay Is Bad
Natural language processing provides a landscape of difficult problems for AI researchers, and sentiment analysis poses its own myriad challenges. A chief obstacle to programming a non-biased language AI is that the data itself is rarely purified of human prejudice. Sentiment analyzers are "all susceptible to the data they're given to a training set," Marilyn Walker, a professor of computer science at UC Santa Cruz told me over the phone. In the case of the Princeton paper (and likely Google's sentiment analyzer as well), the dataset included more or less the entire web, with all its accompanying biases.
artificialIntelligence  sexism  racism  homophobia  antiSemitism  islamophobia 
october 2017 by campylobacter
Now Hiring: Human Woman - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
JOB DESCRIPTION: To be a Woman, you’ll have to spend 97% of your mental and emotional energy making yourself small enough to not be a burden. You may spend the other 3% of your energy cherishing dreams of a better world, but we ask that you maintain a professional demeanor and keep them to yourself.
satire  workersrights  sexism  women  WageGap  maleprivilege 
october 2017 by campylobacter
If You Can’t Find a Spouse Who Supports Your Career, Stay Single
As Melinda Gates recently wrote, we are still “sending our daughters into companies designed for our dads.” And into marriages billed as equal, as long as the man’s career isn’t disturbed by his wife’s success. (While I’ve occasionally heard stories of career-stifling spouses from same-sex couples, the vast majority I’ve heard are from heterosexual couples, and it’s almost always the woman whose career comes second.)

It’s not that these husbands aren’t progressive, supportive spouses. They certainly see themselves that way — as do many of the CEOs and leaders of companies I work with. But they are often caught out by trade-offs they were not expecting. They are happy to have successful, high-earning wives. They applaud and support them — until it starts to interfere with their own careers. A study by Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy found that husbands were a key factor in two-thirds of women’s decisions to quit the workforce, often because the wives had to fill a so-called parenting vacuum. “While the women almost unanimously described their husbands as supportive,” writes Joan Williams of the study, “they also told how those husbands refused to alter their own work schedule or increase their participation in caregiving.” As one woman put it, “He has always said to me, ‘You can do whatever you want to do.’ But he’s not there to pick up any load.”
maleprivilege  sexism  workersrights  WageGap  women 
october 2017 by campylobacter
Why Harvey Weinstein Is Just History Repeating Itself
But Patricia wasn't going to let this happen to other girls.

She reported the rape to the MGM casting agent and they ignored her, only offering her the $7.50 she had earned for that night.

Patricia went to the police. When they didn’t do anything, she threatened to go the press. The police still refused to act. So Patricia picked up the phone and called the papers.
rape  hollywood  abuse  sexism 
october 2017 by campylobacter
The Stories Of Male Sexual Assault Survivors Need To Be Heard
Contributing to this devastating reality is that for men, almost everything is considered a weakness — inexperience, asking for help, feeling sad, feeling too happy, not expressing anger physically enough, knowing too little, knowing too much, and, especially, not having sex. In this system, women and other non-masculine people are defined as objects and men/masculine people are collectors of these objects; sex is the proof of this collection, which, society dictates, men should strive to make as large as possible. Sex is the goal, a proof of virility.
toxicMasculinity  rape  rapeCulture  sexism 
october 2017 by campylobacter
Men Get Higher Salary Offers Than Women 69% of the Time | Working Mother
Under the leadership of lead product data scientist Jessica Kirkpatrick, job search platform Hired analyzed its user data—including more than 100,000 job offers among 15,000 candidates and 3,000 companies, and found that the wage gap can wreak havoc on a woman's career at the job offer stage. Among its findings: men receive higher salary offers than women for the same job title 69 percent of the time, and companies offer women on average 3 percent less than men for the same roles, and as low as 30 percent at some companies.
WageGap  workersrights  maleprivilege  misogyny  sexism  statistics 
october 2017 by campylobacter
Trump just officially made it easier for employers to stop covering birth control - Vox
“Bifurcating the rule into two separate parts is like a severability clause on steroids,” Nicholas Bagley, a health law professor at the University of Michigan, said. “It's signaling in the strongest possible terms that the agency independently wants both parts of the rule to remain in place, even if one, or part of one, is invalidated.”
birthcontrol  reproductiveRights  healthcare  workersrights  misogyny  sexism 
october 2017 by campylobacter
The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends”
It is clear from his work that Awdry disliked change, venerated order, and craved the administration of punishment. Henry wasn’t the only train to receive a death sentence. In one episode, a manager tells a showoff engine named Smudger that he’s going to “make him useful at last,” and then turns Smudger into a generator, never to move again. (There are several “R.I.P. Smudger” tribute videos on YouTube.) In another episode, a double-decker bus named Bulgy comes to the station and talks about revolution—“Free the roads from railway tyranny!” he cries. He is quickly labelled a “scarlet deceiver,” trapped under a bridge, and turned into a henhouse. A recurring storyline involves the “troublesome trucks,” which are disciplined into fearful obedience through public, symbolic punishments. Their leader, S. C. Ruffey, is pulled in two different directions until he breaks into pieces—“I guess the lesson is that if someone is bullying you, kill them?” a YouTube commenter writes—and, in another episode, a “spiteful” brake van is crushed into bits.
literature  tv  childhoodDevelopment  fiction  capitalism  workersrights  racism  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
A Smart Breast Pump: Mothers Love It. VCs Don’t
The breast pump market is dominated by Swiss manufacturer Medela LLC, which got a boost in the U.S. from an Obamacare mandate that insurance companies must cover the cost of pumps for new moms. Most devices use hard plastic cups and an air suction system. They’re often loud and sometimes painful.

The Naya’s soft suction cup mimics the feel of a baby’s mouth and distributes the suction over a broader area of a woman’s breast. Alvarez said the Naya delivers 30% more breast milk and is 20% faster than alternatives, thanks to a unique water-based system. The company is also planning to sell a smart bottle that will be able to track the volume, calorie count and fat content of breast milk and inputs them into an app. Mothers would be able to use the software to monitor how much they’re pumping, how much the baby is eating and how much milk is left in storage.
capitalism  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
The Pop Culture Detective: The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory: ohnotheydidnt - Page 3
points out that these stock characters are meant to be likeable underdogs, but treat women with zero respect (stalking, never taking no for an answer, literal rape)

Howard is, before his relationship, a wannabe PUA who stalks and harrasses women and who talks about women like they're animals. Sample "joke": "of course it's your house too, why else would you be cleaning it"

Rajesh is the sensitive, shy guy who's a terrible drunk and mocked for his effeminacy. Sample "joke": "where did she go, it was going so well. She never even got to see my penis"

Leonard is the enabler and the pathetic nice guy who refuses to take no for an answer until the object of his affection is "worn down" and accepts him. Sample "joke": no discernible Leonard jokes detected in the video

Sheldon is the innocent bigot who is openly misogynist. Sample "joke": "Madame Curie was an honorary man. She had a penis made of science"

the show uses "ironic lampshading" to get away with its comedy, ie pointing out that it's racist, homophobic and sexist jokes are racist, homophobic and sexist in the text

the sexism of the characters isn't presented as aspirational, the issue is that it's presented as completely harmless
video  misogyny  tv  maleprivilege  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
The Women of "God's Not Dead."
The movie actually has a pretty decent mix of male to female characters for this kind of storyline, but the male characters really carry the story. Of the subplots, only one is exclusively carried by a woman–the Muslim girl’s story. Otherwise, all other female characters bounce off male ones.
cinema  christianity  misogyny  islamophobia  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Why I Am Troubled by 'God's Not Dead' | Sojourners
I am troubled by God’s Not Dead. Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness, such as the imposing male professor, the bold young man who defends God, the vulnerable woman with “Cinderella Syndrome” who is caught in a verbally abusive relationship, and the assertive vegetarian woman who runs a liberal blog and is made weak by cancer. Perhaps most of all I am troubled by the way the film positions Mr. Wheaton as the young, white, and masculine savior of the university. Ultimately, through its iconic emphasis on Mr. Wheaton, God’s Not Dead offers a distorted picture of Christian discipleship that places the burden of properly witnessing to the Gospel on one particular kind of person.
cinema  christianity  islamophobia  racism  sexism 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Born Sexy Yesterday - YouTube
Pop Culture Detective Jonathan McIntosh

The Fifth Element
My Stepmother Is an Alien
Forbidden Planet
Woody Allen movies
sexism  hollywood  maleprivilege  sciencefiction  women  patriarchy 
september 2017 by campylobacter
Woman cradles and protects child. Man carries and protects both. This is how it ought to be, despite what your gender studies professor says

Dude using Hurricane Harvey first responder to reinforce sexist stereotypes

gender  lol  XFiles  sexism  meme 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Christina Wolbrecht on Twitter: "I was going to stick w sarcasm but as an actual gender studies prof, there's just so much to unpack here, I can't help myself. THREAD! 1/"

Care work (for children, infirm, elderly) is necessary for human flourishing & has been traditionally performed by women for free, which 2/
contributes to women's lesser financial & politics power. As care work has moved into the market, it remains poorly paid & overwhelmingly 3/
female, which again makes women more vulnerable. We ❤️to laud a woman "cradling her child" but don't provide paid maternity leave or 5
support quality childcare & good pay/benefits for childcare workers (women, immigrants). But wait! There's more! 6/
sexism  gender  WageGap  maleprivilege  patriarchy 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science
One early study evaluated postdoctoral fellowship applications in the biomedical sciences and found that the women had to be 2.5 times more productive than the men in order to be rated equally scientifically competent by the senior scientists evaluating their applications. The authors concluded, “Our study strongly suggests that peer reviewers cannot judge scientific merit independent of gender. The peer reviewers over-estimated male achievements and/or underestimated female performance.” The study finds that “gender discrimination of the magnitude we have observed… could entirely account for the lower success rate of female as compared with male researchers in attaining high academic rank.”
maleprivilege  WageGap  gender  sexism  STEM 
august 2017 by campylobacter
When Jadzia was killed off
When Jadzia was killed off, I was angry at Terry for leaving. When she got the role in the sitcom “Becker” so quickly it looked to an outsider much like she said. Or that a better offer came along and she’d abandoned DS9. But I was wrong, like a lot of people back then.

A few years ago she said for the first time I can recall that she’d wanted to stay in a reduced role. And that the powers that be said “No, all or nothing.” I couldn’t believe it. I was so mad at all of them; Behr, Moore, Berman.

But it wasn’t all of them. Not Moore. Not Behr. It was just Berman and/or the studio. But the others didn’t even know what was going on! No one but Terry and Berman knew.
misogyny  sexism  workersrights  hollywood  tv  sciencefiction  startrek 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Women in cyber security face persistent barriers, research review confirms
In the broader sector researchers noted “specific practices and policies that have been found to exclude, marginalise, or disadvantage women” which include “long hours working cultures, women professionals being excluded from the ‘boys’ club’, women being subjected to sexist remarks, and the technical expertise of women being regarded less seriously than that of male colleagues”.
sexism  workersrights  infosec  security  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley
In venture capital, a ton of power is concentrated in just a few people who all know one another. Tips and information are exchanged at all-male dinners, outings to Vegas, and sports events. Networks are important inside a VC firm, too. One secret of the venture-capital world is that many firms run on vote trading. A person might offer to vote in favor of investing in another partner’s investment so that partner will support his upcoming investment. Many firms, including Kleiner, also had a veto rule: Any one person could veto another member’s investment. No one ever exercised a veto while I was there, but fear of it motivated us to practice the California art of superficial collegiality, where everything seems tan and shiny on the outside but behind closed doors, people would trash your investment, block it, or send you on unending “rock fetches” — time-consuming, unproductive tasks to stall you until you gave up.

Your investments could be poached by senior partners. You wanted to pitch your venture so it would be supported but not so much that it would be stolen. Once a senior partner laid claim to a venture you were driving, you were better off just keeping quiet. Otherwise, you could be branded as having sharp elbows and not being a good team player. But this was true, I noticed, only for women. Junior men could sometimes even take ventures from senior partners.

At VC meetings, male partners frequently spoke over female colleagues or repeated what the women said and took the credit. Women were admonished when they “raised their voices” yet chastised when they couldn’t “own the room.” When I was still relatively new, a male partner made a big show of passing a plate of cookies around the table — but curiously ignored me and the woman next to him. Part of me thought, They’re just cookies. But after everyone left, my co-worker turned to me and shrugged. “It’s like we don’t exist,” she said.
sexism  capitalism  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
As a female sex worker, I'd like to propose my own Google-style gender equality manifesto | The Independent
Like it or not, we have to be willing to accept, or at least discuss, the possibility that the underrepresentation of male sex workers in the sex industry isn’t due to complex sociological, historical and biological reasons. It’s not because men may have greater desire for the kind of experience that sex workers offer, and certainly do possess far more of the world’s wealth to spend on that experience. It’s not about the lack of equal opportunities for women in other sectors, or about the right of women to sell their bodies if they choose. No, it’s simply because men are bad at sex.
satire  sexworkers  sexism  WageGap  workersrights 
august 2017 by campylobacter
When Women Stopped Coding : Planet Money : NPR
The share of women in computer science started falling at roughly the same moment when personal computers started showing up in U.S. homes in significant numbers.

These early personal computers weren't much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games, maybe do some word processing. And these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

This idea that computers are for boys became a narrative. It became the story we told ourselves about the computing revolution. It helped define who geeks were, and it created techie culture.
history  women  PROGRAMMING  sexism  maleprivilege 
august 2017 by campylobacter
'Darkness masked in lightness': the designer using a board game to avoid arranged marriage | Art and design | The Guardian
Some families have forced their daughters to return to Pakistan for arranged marriages – one woman was drugged by her parents on a plane; an 18-year-old girl was attacked with acid for refusing an arranged marriage proposal. One Pakistani couple were hanged in Chakwal for eloping together and their 16-year-old friend who helped them escape was burned alive. Free-will marriage was legalized in Pakistan in 2003.

Balagamwala has seen her own friends suffer. One was kept in a room by her parents and given a minimal amount of food until she agreed to marry a stranger. Another friend married a gay man who didn’t come out until a year later.
sexism  Pakistan  abuse  rapeCulture 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Hollywood's Biggest Male Directors Share A Pathetic History Of Ignoring Female Stories
Based on Oscar nominations, critical acclaim, and box office results, the most prominent directors working in Hollywood today are Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, George Lucas, JJ Abrams, and Michael Bay. And by breaking down the number of female protagonists created by this Hollywood boys' club, as well as looking at how the directors have responded to the call for more women working in Hollywood both behind and in front of the camera, it's evident that there's a major problem with how these men tell their stories.
hollywood  cinema  maleprivilege  sexism 
august 2017 by campylobacter
So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
Engineering is not the art of building devices; it’s the art of fixing problems. Devices are a means, not an end. Fixing problems means first of all understanding them — and since the whole purpose of the things we do is to fix problems in the outside world, problems involving people, that means that understanding people, and the ways in which they will interact with your system, is fundamental to every step of building a system. (This is so key that we have a bunch of entire job ladders — PM’s and UX’ers and so on — who have done nothing but specialize in those problems. But the presence of specialists doesn’t mean engineers are off the hook; far from it. Engineering leaders absolutely need to understand product deeply; it’s a core job requirement.)
PROGRAMMING  gender  maleprivilege  sexism  STEM  google 
august 2017 by campylobacter
Inferior by Angela Saini – a powerful exploration of women's 'inferiority' | Science
Subtitled “How science got women wrong and the new research that’s rewriting the story”, Inferior explores the science of gender difference, which turns out to be far more complicated than Darwin supposed. In doing so she uncovers how science has been no better than any other field of human endeavour in freeing itself from the historical and cultural baggage of societies that have long treated women as the second sex. Saini peels back the meritocratic veneer that still coats much of science to reveal a shabbier interior.

The book ranges widely over the scientific investigations of the differences between male and female in humans and other animals. Saini looks at the bias towards male subjects in medical research, and peers into studies of hormonal and gender influences on brain size and structure. She examines the evolutionary and ethnographic evidence for differences in behaviour, work patterns, social power and sexual promiscuity, and digs into the intriguing theories that are competing to attribute the menopause to the influence of patriarchy or of the role of grandmothers in childcare.
science  women  sexism  anthropology  biology 
july 2017 by campylobacter
Medicine's Women Problem  - by Aubrey Hirsch
I keep thinking about how this damage wouldn't have been done if doctors had taken me seriously earlier.

Instead, they saw me as a young woman who couldn't handle the stress of college.
healthcare  sexism  medicine  comic 
july 2017 by campylobacter
How To De-Objectify Women in Comics: A Guide | Heroic Girls
If nothing else, consider this: Would I do this to a male character? (ie, would you perk out Batman’s butt and twist him to see BOTH his pecs?)
comicbooks  art  sexism 
july 2017 by campylobacter
History’s ‘Unknown Woman.’ Few cared who she was or what she accomplished.
Unknown Woman was especially popular in early America, when the dynamic lives of women who helped build the nation were largely ignored by historians.

Their priorities were usually “the kind of history that ‘mattered’ at the time: the history of big national events, influential men and their families,” said Carolyn Eastman, a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The collection, study and preservation of manuscripts “displayed the same sense of priorities: war, great men, family dynasties. So some women’s history got collected along the way if they were connected to big families, but that history wasn’t undertaken on a purposeful level the way that other histories were prioritized,” Eastman said in an email interview.
history  women  sexism 
july 2017 by campylobacter
The Trouble With Sex Robots
Rape is not an act of sexual passion. It is a violent crime. We should no more be encouraging rapists to find a supposedly safe outlet for it than we should facilitate murderers by giving them realistic, blood-spurting dummies to stab. Since that suggestion sounds ridiculous, why does the idea of providing sexual abusers with lifelike robotic victims sound feasible to some?

Because we live in a society that still fails to see sexual violence for the crime it is.
rape  rapeCulture  childmolestation  sexism 
july 2017 by campylobacter
It’s 2017, and women still aren’t being funded equally | TechCrunch
“The financiers rhetorically produce stereotypical images of women as having qualities opposite to those considered important to being an entrepreneur, with VCs questioning their credibility, trustworthiness, experience, and knowledge.”

Due to this line of questioning, women were only awarded 25 percent of their funding requests. Meanwhile, men walked away with more than 50 percent of their funding requests.
statistics  capitalism  sexism 
july 2017 by campylobacter
What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies - Vox
Isa Herrera, a New York City physical therapist specializing in pelvic pain, says new moms are often unprepared for the aftermath of childbirth. “There’s this fantasy. Your body is going to come back together. Your organs are going to be in place. It’s an illusion,” she told me.

Among the typical symptoms women face in the first week after childbirth: heavy bleeding, abdominal cramping, constipation, hemorrhoids, chills, night sweats, difficulty going to the bathroom, engorged breasts, back pain, headaches. And it goes on: pain in the perineum (the diamond shaped sling of muscles in the pelvis), incision pain (if the woman has had a C-section), pain and difficulty walking (after an episiotomy or tear), depression, anxiety, and exhaustion.
healthcare  women  sexism  medicine  health 
june 2017 by campylobacter
Anita Sarkeesian's astounding 'garbage human' moment - Polygon
"We carefully organized this so that on one side of the audience we would all make up the top three rows,” he says. “We would all be sitting there filming it," he adds, before naming several allies.

"We had a blast with this. It was such an adrenaline high to be there in the situation, to shit-post, in this trolling kind of way." He goes on to claim there was "no malice" in their actions and that it was “playful.”

Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin
AnitaSarkeesian  harassment  video  sexism 
june 2017 by campylobacter
The Christians Making Atheists | john pavlovitz
In record numbers, the American Church is consistently and surely making Atheists—or at the very least it is making former Christians; people who no longer consider organized religion an option because the Jesus they recognize is absent. With its sky-is-falling hand-wringing, its political bed-making, and its constant venom toward diversity, it is giving people no alternative but to conclude, that based on the evidence of people professing to be Godly—that God is of little use. In fact, this God may be toxic.
christianity  homophobia  racism  sexism  islamophobia 
june 2017 by campylobacter
Will the Movie Business Ever Trust Women to Tell Their Own Stories?
The latest numbers suggest, then, that we can tell stories about women, we just can't let women tell them. Women are invited into someone else's frame, but not to frame the narrative; they're objects in someone else's story, not subjects in their own right. Which goes a long way to explaining Chastain's point: If women have the symbolic "power" of playing lead characters, but not the real power of creating and defining those characters, too many of these women who do show up on screen end up unrecognizable or unrelatable to women in real life. This might not be a new phenomenon—it might not even be specific to movies; consider pop music, where women are some of the most marketable and visible stars, but the number of female producers is so tiny we can't actually produce reliable statistics—but this year, in particular, it stings. And celebrating a few minute gains—a First Woman Ever here, a Second Woman Ever there—only drives home the point: Women are underrepresented everywhere.
cinema  sexism  women 
june 2017 by campylobacter
The Handmaid's Tale
Biblical Influences in The Handmaid's Tale in Class:
a Lesson Plan for a Double Period
literature  fiction  education  religion  sexism  misogyny  reproductiveRights 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s Dream Was My Nightmare -
Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.

It worked like magic: The story hooked viewers and made them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 years, Fox News has been the No. 1 news station; last year the network made about $2.3 billion.

Some experts have noted that viewers found Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that period: “The Lewinsky saga put us on the news map.” As he put it in another interview: “Monica was a news channel’s dream come true.”
abuse  harassment  rapeCulture  maleprivilege  sexism  workersrights  politics  media 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Naive yet sexy: video pinpoints a big problem with women in sci-fi | Stylist Magazine
There are various ways in which the depiction of women in sci-fi has been problematic over the years, but a new YouTube video has pinned down a name for one particular trope you may have struggled to put your finger on in the past: Born Sexy Yesterday.

“The crux of the trope is a fixation on male superiority, a fixation with holding power over an innocent girl.

“But in order to make that socially acceptable, science fiction is employed to put the mind of that girl into a sexualised, adult woman’s body.”
tropes  sexism  sciencefiction  maleprivilege 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Gender and verbs across 100,000 stories: a tidy analysis – Variance Explained
I think this paints a somewhat dark picture of gender roles within typical story plots. Women are more likely to be in the role of victims- “she screams”, “she cries”, or “she pleads.” Men tend to be the aggressor: “he kidnaps” or “he beats”. Not all male-oriented terms are negative- many, like “he saves”/”he rescues” are distinctly positive- but almost all are active rather than receptive.
statistics  sexism  fiction  linguistics  publishing 
may 2017 by campylobacter
Why Every Christian Needs To Watch 'The Handmaid’s Tale'
Every time the series references Scripture or mirrors experiences that I recognize as a Christian woman, I wince. It’s often difficult to reconcile my love for Jesus Christ and his teachings with the wrongdoing committed in the name of religion, and the series practically runs on that feeling.

On one hand, I want to jump to Christianity’s defense and shout that not all religious people are this way. But I know that I’m speaking from a place of relative privilege, and that it’s important to listen and learn from the critical conversations had in The Handmaid's Tale.
fiction  tv  misogyny  sexism 
april 2017 by campylobacter
A Message from Anita on the End of Tropes — Feminist Frequency
What had originally started as plans for 5 videos, each approximately 10 minutes in length, eventually premiered with 3 videos all devoted to just 1 single trope! In total, those 3 videos came in at over an hour and 10 minutes in length! Doing meticulous, comprehensive research spanning the entire history of video games as preparation for those episodes was tremendously difficult and time-consuming, but looking back, I believe the results speak for themselves.

Here is the entire list of videos in this series:

1. Damsel in Distress: Part 1
2. Damsel in Distress: Part 2
3. Damsel in Distress: Part 3
4. Ms. Male Character
5. Women as Reward
6. Women as Reward: Special DLC Mini-Episode
7. Women as Background Decoration: Part 1
8. Women as Background Decoration: Part 2

1. Strategic Butt Coverings
2. Body Language and the Male Gaze
3. Lingerie Is Not Armor
4. Are Women Too Hard to Animate?
5. All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games
6. Sinister Seductress
7. Not Your Exotic Fantasy
8. The Lady Sidekick

Positive Female Characters – The Scythian
Positive Female Characters – Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
Animated Short: The Legend of the Last Princess
Animated Short: Imperfect Dark Trailer
5 Ways Men Can Help End Sexism

In all, that’s 4 hours and 50 minutes of feminist video game analysis.
AnitaSarkeesian  feminism  tropes  videogames  video  sexism  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
The Corporate Catfight in ‘Working Girl’
The lower-class underdog manages to beat the woman who has everything. What’s interesting to note is that both women had to lie/cheat in order to achieve their goals. Katharine tried to cheat by stealing Tess’s idea and Tess had to “bend the rules” in order to have her voice heard. While this seems innocent, the film argues that women aren’t capable enough to get ahead on their own—that ultimately they must rely on lying or cheating in order to climb the corporate ladder and find success.
romance  comedy  hollywood  sexism  capitalism  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
Here's the Exact Number of Times Women Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted by Men
Interestingly enough, the women on the court actually speak less often and use fewer words when they make their argument (it's unconfirmed if this a defense mechanism to cope with the inevitability of a male justice interrupting them). However, that doesn't stop their male colleagues from interjecting at a much higher rate than they would for the other men sitting on the bench. Case in point: In 2015, Ginsburg was interrupted 11 times by Anthony Kennedy; Sotomayor was interrupted 15 times by Kennedy, 14 times by Samuel Alito, and 12 times by Chief Justice John Roberts; Kagan was interrupted over 10 times each by Kennedy, Alito, and Roberts. In contrast, only two of the men court were interrupted upwards of 10 times and the highest number of interruptions coming from one of the women was 7.
judicialSystem  sexism  mansplaining  maleprivilege 
april 2017 by campylobacter
This Hashtag Shows That Male Authors' Wives Are Unsung Heroes
Holsinger and some colleagues were recently discussing how often the wives of male academics do significant work for which they are rarely given proper credit.

This reminded Holsinger of all the times he has read male authors thanking their wives for typing up manuscripts in the acknowledgments of their books. Curious to see how widespread the practice was, Holsinger did a quick search on Google Books and found dozens of "eye-opening" examples that he started sharing on Twitter with the hashtag #ThanksForTyping.
workersrights  writing  maleprivilege  sexism 
march 2017 by campylobacter
Here Are 29 Stories From Women Whose Doctors Did Not Take Their Pain Seriously
15. The Woman With a Deadly Infection

I had abdominal surgery and the doctor took me off my pain meds two days later. That night, I experienced the most excruciating pain in my abdomen. It was very intense. The next morning, still in pain, I told my doctor. He said I was being sensitive and sent me home. I ended up back in the hospital 24 hours later with a deadly infection called peritonitis and was suffering sepsis. My doctor almost killed me by brushing off my pain.
sexism  medicine 
march 2017 by campylobacter
Girls Think Boys are Naturally Smarter Than They Are, Study Says | Teen Vogue were asked to assign certain traits to men and women. The results show that five-year-old girls are just as likely as boys to assign brilliance to their own gender, but the six and seven-year-old girls started believing that less and less. While older boys said other men were likely to be "really, really smart" 65% of the time, their girl classmates only selected women as "really, really smart" 48% of the time.

It gets worse. The girls in the study tended to get better grades on average than the boys in their class, but they didn't link that achievement with brilliance. So not only do young girls think they're less likely to become brilliant, they already don't believe they are. This, researchers say, has an influence on our futures.
childhoodDevelopment  sexism  statistics  maleprivilege 
march 2017 by campylobacter
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange and the Politics of Sexism
When sexist thought crops up under different rationales, and at different points on the political spectrum, it's easy to dismiss as somehow apolitical—to see it as a matter of individual men being mean or maladjusted, or to conclude that "our side" is never sexist, whereas "their side" always is. What we don't give enough credit to is the idea of sexism itself as a political vector—a self-sufficient cause, capable of aligning with and uniting otherwise disparate factions.
feminism  misogyny  sexism  politics 
march 2017 by campylobacter
"I Made That Bitch Famous" | Mother Jones
A brief history of men getting credit for women's accomplishments.

[anonymous was a woman, y'all]
science  women  history  maleprivilege  sexism 
march 2017 by campylobacter
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